Donald Trump

In the aftermath of Christ the King Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper warns that today's society is too willing to accept king-like leaders instead of trusting in God, the one and only ruler of the universe. Read more

Practicing Faith

Former FBI Director James Comey's new book gives the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant an opportunity to remind Christians that our only loyalty should be to God, and that we should question all else in light of it. Read more


Commentator Jacob Lupfer castigates Trump-supporting evangelicals for having poisoned Christian faith to such an extent that it will take decades to recover – if ever. Read more

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Donald Trump

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Offensive as it can be, sometimes we have to break conspiracies of silence to give the evils we encounter their right names, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Donald Trump

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Winning for Christians isn't the zero-sum game of politics and business, but an ongoing exercise in repentance, mercy, truth, empathy, and peace, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more


Larry Hollon Books

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Getting away from the clamor of anxious news since the 2016 presidential election has rekindled the Rev. Larry Hollon's love of reading with some satisfying success. Read more


As the inauguration of Donald Trump nears, the Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders Professional Wrestling, Confirmation hearings, ethics disclosures, and how politics can poison the well of the Church. Read more

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Local house and church "parties" are being scheduled the evening of Donald J. Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration for conversations on how to regain shared values in American society. Read more

Advocating Justice

Bee and Beck

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Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck actually talk to one another about creating "crazy times," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, who recommends we look to how Jesus dealt with end times fears in Mark 13. Read more

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While continued vigilance of the new administration is legitimate, the Rev. Morgan Guyton decides to put his energies elsewhere rather than continuing to react by the president-elect's outrageous tweets. Read more

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The Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor, poses a challenging parable to Christians about responding to those who voted for Donald Trump as president. Read more

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Donald Trump's stunning election as U.S. president has revealed the nature of those joining the Wesleyan Covenant Association and its potential to disrupt or even topple the institution of The United Methodist Church, writes Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Obama, Trump Meet

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Some United Methodist leaders are calling for citizens to come together in the wake of the divisive U.S. presidential election, while others are urging United Methodists to hold the newly elected leaders accountable for protecting the vulnerable. Read more

In the World

Standing up to the kind of hostile actions that marred a United Methodist Youth event in North Carolina requires us to exercise the very best of our Christian virtues, symbolized by a humble safety pin, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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After Latino/Hispanic youths were bullied at a North Carolina youth conference, a few hundred people walked out of an afternoon session when a speaker connected that incident with racism, according to communicator Gustavo Vasquez. Read more

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Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President will either awaken the sleeping heart of Methodism or accelerate its turn towards schism and irrelevance, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Vote Trump Church

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In the wake of Donald Trump's election to the presidency on divisive, racist rhetoric, the Rev. Morgan Guyton counsels that it's time to stand with people of color who feel threatened by the coming administration. Read more

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First Lady Michelle Obama's speech denouncing candidate Donald Trump as a sexual predator prompts editor Cynthia Astle to examine sexual assault from personal and public health perspectives. Read more

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Trump Clinton

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton thinks America's political system needs to capture a very Christian ideal -- the grace to be wrong about something without fear of utter destruction. Read more


The choice in this U.S. presidential election comes both in two different candidates, but also in what kind of morality will govern America, writes Stephen Swecker, the Ethics Coach. Read more

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